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Christine Comyn

Born in Tielt, Belgium, in 1957.

Christine Comyn demonstrated a natural aptitude for painting and drawing at very young age and refined her artistic talents at the Saint-Luke Academy in Ghent (Belgium). Her artistic journey began in the early 80s by mastering the delicate and unpredictable technique of watercolour. Her paintings showed somewhat dreamy but always beautiful and sensual young females figures, often with suppressed emotions.
By the beginning of 1990 Comyn chose to abandon her solely figurative style and unleashed a body of work that earned her recognition by a most discriminating international clientele. Refusing to adopt a wild and free-form style Comyn instead preferred to explore the potentialities of colour and rhythm, without neglecting the need for structure. The result: explosive colour compositions that possessed a unique pictorial tension amidst logical balance.
From 1993 she merged her propensity for figurative and abstract techniques and allowed herself to study her new-found interest in figurative painting, especially the human body. The style of her paintings, as she has created them until now offer us a combination of abstract and figure painting. Her art work unites the somewhat hard character of acrylics and the more lively and light one of watercolour. Each technique could also act autonomously, but without achieving the power and compactness of the global effect that is so typical for Christine Comyns paintings.
During the last few years Christine Comyn began to combine her passion for contemporary female portraits with her interest for 18th century art and history, more specifically with the character of Marie Antoinette, the last queen of the Ancien Régime, who had always fascinated her. Her most recent art project “La Douceur de lIgnorance” rose from the intention to make the ties between the time of Marie Antoinette and our contemporary world visible, and especially those concerning women. Beside her traditional acryl and watercolor paintings, Comyn experimented with modern visual techniques like digital photomontages and compositions. Thanks to these very innovative methods she can digitalize her pictorial work and assemble details from different pictures in a new polyvalent work. The result of this both visual and conceptual association process are images charged with a deep symbolical significance.
Thanks to this latest project, Christine Comyn has reached her artistic maturity. She has reflected over the meaning and the expressive potential of the portrait as an art-historical genre, over the technical bounds of painting as a medium and eventually over art as an universal mean of communication.

Sint-Lucas Academy, Ghent
Illustrator at editor Lannoo from 1978 to 1981
Teacher at the Academy for Modern Art of Tielt from 1981 to 1997
Professional artist since 1987
2013: Body Language, Absolute Art Gallery, Brugge, BE
2013: Lille Art Fair, Lille, Grand Palais, FR
2013: MPV Gallery, Den Bosch, NL
2013 Eurantica, Brussels, BE
2012 The Myth of the Ultimate Creature, bij Denise Mannaert, Dendermonde
1989-2012: Lineart International Art Fair, Flanders Expo, Ghent (B)
2011: The Myth of The Ultimate Creature”, Galerie MPV, Eindhoven (NL)
2011: “The Myth of The Ultimate Creature”, Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke (B)
2011: Art Paris, International Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris (FR)
2010: Consulate of France in Antwerp (B)
2010: Rittarihuone (in collaboration with Breguet), Helsinki (FIN)
2010: Leonhards Gallery, Antwerp (B)
2010: “La Douceur de lIgnorance” Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke & Brugge (B)
2010 : Trianon Palace Hotel, Versailles (FR)
2009: “The Twilight Zone”, Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke & Brugge (B)
2009: Galerie MPV, s Hertogenbosch (NL)
2007: Rittarhuset (in cooperation with Breguet), Stokholm (SWE)
2007: Leonhards Gallery, Antwerp (B)
2006 : “Horae”, Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke & Brugge (B)
2006: Rittarihuone (in collaboration with Breguet), Helsinki (FIN)
2006 : Galerie Elysées, Paris (FR)
2006: National Museum of Copenhagen (in cooperation with Breguet), Copenhagen (DNK)
2004: New York Art Expo, New York (USA)
2004: Ambiente & Tendence, Franfurter Messe, Frankfurt (DEU)
2003: “Retrospective exhibition”, Museum Van Lien, Fijnaart (NL)
2002: Ambiente & Tendence, Franfurter Messe, Frankfurt (DEU)
2002: “True Colours”, Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke & Brugge (B)
2001: Kunstrai, Amsterdam (NL)
2000 : Manoir de l Engagiste, Orbec (FR)
1999: “Amazing Graces”, Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke & Brugge (B)
1999: Holland Art Fair, Den Haag (NL)
1999: Kenneth Raymond Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida (USA)
1998: Palm Desert Art Gallery, Palm Desert, California (USA)
1998 : Le Prix International d Art Contemporain de Monte Carlo, Monaco
1997: Retrospective exhibition with first monograph in the Casino of Ostend (B)
1993: Miami Art Fair, Florida (USA)
1993: Art Gallery Villa d Arte, Barranquilla (COL)
1992: Europ Art, Genève (CHE)
1988: Thermae Palace, Ostend (B)

City of Tielt (B)
Museum of the city of Lien (NL)
Members of the Belgian royal family; major member of the Château de Versailless management committee; the “Consul Général de France” in Belgium; Belgian top-class sportswomen Kim Clijsters and Kim Gevaert; Belgian author and senior lecturer Kristien Hemmerechts and many other private Belgian and foreign collectors which cant be mentioned out respect for their privacy

“Christine Comyn”, Ars Libris, 1997
“Christine Comyn”, Art In Belgium, 2000
“True Colours”, Museum Van Lien, 2003
“Christine Comyn”, Art In Belgium, 2006
“Marie Antoinette & La Douceur de lIgnorance”, Lanoo, 2010